Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program

The Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program is a two-and-a-half year course enabling veterinarians to gain skills and knowledge to help them increase the health and productivity of their clients' herds, as well as increase the value of their consulting services. Version VII is in progress, but veterinarians are encouraged to participate in any upcoming modules on an individual basis!!

Continuing Education for Dairy Practitioners in the 21st Century

DPM Version VII includes instruction for a wide variety of cutting-edge dairy practice innovations, hands-on farm problem solving, and the latest in dairy production analysis.  Penn State Veterinary Extension faculty are partnering with nationally-recognized faculty, researchers, and practitioners to deliver challenging, up-to-date, practical modules.  The DPM VII program started in October 2015 and runs through July 2018 offering a total of fourteen 3-day "modules."

DPM VII Has a New Structure

This Program is similar to the traditional DPM programs we have offered in updated versions since 1992, but there are new options with topic flexibility.  The 10 select CORE modules are geared toward critical farm enterprises controlling profitability where the dairy practitioner can actively engage in new services.  

In addition, we are offering ELECTIVE modules that focus on animal wellbeing, disease control and therapeutics, advanced topics in reproduction and nutrition, milking system evaluation, and management of livestock other than dairy cattle.  Elective modules allow the individual to focus more on a specific enterprise area of the farm, or diversify into new areas.

Enrollment Options

DPM Certificate Program

Practitioners are encouraged to enroll in at least 10 modules (7 core + 3 specialization modules) in order to obtain a certificate.  A discounted rate is available for individuals selecting this option, and they will have enrollment preference.  A veterinary practice may also enroll in 10 or more modules at the discounted rate, so that different members of the practice can attend different modules.

Individual Modules

Practitioners who do not want to commit to at least 10 modules may choose as many individual core or elective modules as they desire, space permitting.  

DPM Alumni

Alumni of previous DPM Courses at Penn State are invited to participate in any core or elective modules at a reduced cost.

CE credits

Approved veterinary continuing education credits will be given for each module; generally between 15-20 hours per module.

Registration for individual modules is now open, space permitting.  (It is unfortunately no longer possible for new participants to complete enough modules to obtain a certificate for DPM VII.)

To request a brochure with registration materials, please contact: 
Ms. Louise Byler
Penn State University
110 Central Milk Testing Lab
Apple Lane
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2160

The next module of the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program hosted by Penn State Veterinary Extension & Research will be held in State College, Pennsylvania from 9:00AM Thursday May 17 through noon on Saturday, May 19, 2018. This module is an elective module for the registered DPM participants and is open to veterinarians not enrolled in the DPM program.

Schedule for the Dairy Production Medicine VII Certificate Program including core modules and elective modules.

At this time, registration in individual DPM modules is still available! The modules are held at the Central Milk Testing Laboratory, unless otherwise noted. A block of rooms is reserved at a local hotel for each module for out of town participants.

The Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program was established as an answer to two surveys of food animal veterinarians that were conducted 1988 and 1989.

Graduates of the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program.

For more information regarding the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, please contact: